Sacrificing Families approaches the issue of transnational migration from El Salvador to the United States from a unique perspective. Instead of the public debate in the United States, it's the debate in El Salvador that frames Leisy Abrego's argument. And while the experiences of migrants play a role, her focus is more on the children left behind when parents leave to work in the United States.

The Salvadoran government and media, according to Abrego, are overwhelmingly celebratory about those who leave. They portray migrants as heroes who bring remittances and economic development. Public opinion about migrants is more critical, especially about the issue of family separation. Some argue that migrant parents shower their children with material goods, creating inequalities and driving up prices. Others believe that children with absent parents are ripe recruits for gangs and that migrant fathers quickly abandon their...

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